This was the first semi-automatic pistol that John Browning designed. It used a .38 caliber round with a single stack magazine. That remained the standard magazine design until the John Browning Designed Hi-Power (Patent 1618510), which used a double stack magazine. He was granted US Patent 580923 for this design on April 20th, 1897. Browning had applied for this Patent almost two years earlier, on September 14th, 1895. Patent 580923 was sold to Colt, but Colt never manufactured this particular design.
John Browning Patent 577281
Again like the two previous John Browning Patents, this one involved a pump action 12 gauge shotgun design. Winchester owned the rights to this design, but never manufactured it. John Moses Browning was granted US Patent 577281 for this design on February 16th, 1897. It had been applied for on March 16th, 1896.
Even though there is not a lot of information available on this patent, it appears from reading the patent description that it provided a safety design preventing the premature opening of the bolt between the time the trigger is engaged and the time the round is expelled.
John Browning Patent 552864
Like the previous Patent, this was a pump action 12 gauge shotgun design. Another shared feature between this patent and the previous is that they were purchased by Winchester, but never reached production. This design of John Moses Browning’s was granted US Patent 552864 on January 7th, 1896. It was applied for just over a year prior, on November 19th, 1894.
John Browning Patent 550778
This patent was for a 12 gauge pump shotgun design. John Moses Browning was granted US Patent 550778 for this design on December 3rd, 1895. This pump shotgun design was submitted to the US Patent Office on April 29th, 1895. This design was never produced.
John Browning Patent 549345 – Winchester Model 1895
This patent would become the Winchester Model 1895.
The Model 1895 was another one of John Moses Browning’s lever action repeating rifle designs. This particular one had a non detachable box magazine.
This design is absolutely beautiful and was offered in numerous calibers, including:
– .30-40 Krag (30 Army / 30 U.S.)
– .38-72 & .40-72 & .35 & .405 W.C.F.
– .303 British
– 7.62 Russian
– .30-03 & .30-06 Springfield
The Model 1895 is one of my favorite lever action designs.
It would also be the final John Browning design that Winchester produced.
This design was granted US Patent 549345 on November 5th, 1895. John Browning had applied for this patent on November 19th, 1894.
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John Browning Patent 547986
John Browning Patent 545672
John Browning Patent 545671
John Browning Patent 544661
John Browning Patent 544660
John Browning Patent 544659
John Browning Patent 544658
John Browning Patent 544657 – Colt-Browning M1895, The Potato Digger
The Colt M1895 Automatic Machine Gun was a gas operated machine gun. This was one of John Browning’s first Automatic Firearm Designs.
Reviewing his patents it is technically his second Automatic design, but the first to be produced and used in service.
The Colt M1895 was also known as The Potato Digger and the Browning Peacemaker.
John Browning was granted US Patent 544657 on August 20th, 1895 for the Model 1895.
He had applied for this patent on November 7th, 1892.
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